Cradle of cruise shipping
The Port of Hamburg is a leading centre for cruise shipping. Here passenger vessels were already being despatched on winter pleasure cruises by Albert Ballin, HAPAG’s Director-General, back in the late19th century. Then in 1899 Ballin awarded the first contract for a purpose-built cruise ship to Hamburg shipyard Blohm & Voss. The “Prinzessin Victoria Luise” was the world’s first officially classified ‘cruise ship’. Today, annual added value derived from the cruise industry has reached around 270 million euros, and the trend is still upwards. In 2014 Hamburg cruise terminals handled 156 cruise ships and 525,000 passengers.
Frequently asked questions to Peter Pickhuben
Is luggage storage available at the Cruise Center?
No, unfortunately there is no left-luggage office there.